The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Art Journaling

The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Art Journaling

Welcome to the ULTIMATE

beginners guide to art journaling

Welcome to the ULTIMATE

beginners guide to art journaling

Art Journaling is a broad topic, it makes the question ‘How to’ tricky to answer because it can be as simple or complex as you choose. In order to get to grips with this effective creative outlet, I’ve scoured the interwebs for the best advice for beginners so you can start your art journal and explore the world of creativity. Hence the beginners guide to art journaling.

beginners guide to art journaling

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Here’s the deal…

 

Here’s the deal…

 

beginners guide to art journaling

You may be sitting there ready to rock.

That’s great! But there are many of us who hear the word ‘art’ or ‘create’ and totally freak out! Let’s take 5 for those of us sitting shouting at the screen “I’m not creative! I can’t even draw a stick figure!!!!!”

N.B – It’s 3 lines and a circle. If you can hold a pencil, you can draw a damn stick figure!!!!!

Art is what you make it. There is no magic formula, no definitive ‘this is art, this is not’. You’ve heard the phrase “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”? It’s like that with art. Art and creativity are subjective. Just because you don’t see your childhood scribbles as “art” doesn’t mean they are not. 

“There are clear indications that artistic engagement has significantly positive effects on health… Engagement with creative activities has the potential to contribute toward reducing stress and depression and can serve as a vehicle for alleviating the burden of chronic disease.”

The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature; Heather L. Stuckey, DEd and Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH

“There are clear indications that artistic engagement has significantly positive effects on health… Engagement with creative activities has the potential to contribute toward reducing stress and depression and can serve as a vehicle for alleviating the burden of chronic disease.”

The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature; Heather L. Stuckey, DEd and Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH

You don’t require special skills, artistic ability or colour co-ordination. Art journalling is all about the process, not the finished piece. Some will be gorgeous, others will be an ugly mess (I’ve made my fair share of these over the years!)

The beauty of this is there is NO PRESSURE TO BE GOOD. No perfection required. And there’s an added bonus – it’s an AMAZING form of self care and therapy rolled into one. No therapist required.

When you accept that there is no pressure to be good or create life-like, realistic drawing creativity becomes simple, relaxing and rewarding.

Do you encourage your kids to create? Tell them those scribble drawings are amazing? Why not do it for yourself? You are no less important, your work no less valuable. Good or bad – it doesn’t matter. If you take noting else away from this post – STOP JUDGING yourself.

beginners guide to art journaling

What you can expect in the beginners

guide to art journaling.

What you can expect in the beginners

guide to art journaling.

There is a lot of ground to cover, but “how to” is only part of it. You can, of course, skip straight to the tutorials and inspiration. However, to get the most from an art journal, understanding certain aspects are essential – such as what and why. With that in mind, we’ll look at…

 

Why art is a therapy

Who art journaling can help

Why it’s different to ‘art’

How to Art Journal

Exploring further

Why perfectionism is overrated.

It’s a science backed FACT that art and creativity have a positive impact on our mental health and help to alleviate chronic illness. But you don’t need a therapist to benefit from this you can do it yourself and STILL get significant benefits.

Why am I telling you this? Who doesn’t want to be happier, less stressed and more relaxed?

Again, it’s therapy, but with a completely different ingredient than most people are used to, art. No need to share your work or have it critiqued.

beginners guide to art journaling

When all is said and done, art journaling is not just about creating art – it’s a form of self expression with therapeutic, healing benefits. It’s simple – but over the years we’ve created a facade that makes art unattainable. Art Journaling can help us to reconnect, relieve and solve emotional issues that are deeply embedded. There really is nothing to loose and a lot to gain.

Let’s get going!

The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Art Journaling:

The Contents

The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Art Journaling:

The Contents

Take a look at why art journaling can be the transformation tool you’ve been dreaming of. Explore the benefits of starting and art journal and what it can do for you

Want structured lessons? That’s okay. I’ve gathered the top resources in step-by-step guides to get that paint flowing and create a gorgeous page! It’s not copying, it’s called making use of the available resources to support your creative process.

Make it your own. All of your pages will be unique to you, but take 5 to explore some unique styles and supplies. You never know what road it will take you down.

We all have to begin somewhere and this chapter explores the ways we can do just that quickly and easily, so you can enjoy the process of creating.

Want to freeflow? Go your own way with these excellent resources and get into the zone. Find your own inspiration and use it to create pages you love with ease.

Often, perfection is the biggest stumbling block. Blast through those creative blocks and learn how embracing imperfection can enhance your creative process.

Use the buttons to take a shortcut to that chapter.

Let’s face it, time is precious, and shortcuts are great – especially in IKEA! Or, grab a cuppa, put your feet up and take some time to look through it all! Digest the beginners guide to art journaling at your leisure.

Art IS Therapy

Art IS Therapy

Do you think art is frivolous? That creativity is a luxury, only to be enjoyed once all the chores are done and the kids are away? You’re not alone – many of the women I work with feel this way. The thing is, creativity is essential to a healthy life, it can make a huge difference to your mental well being in a short space of time.

You don’t require a therapist to get results – leaving you more money to spend on art supplies! Looking after our mental health is super important and showing your children that it’s important is a pretty good plan too. If you doubt the validity of these statements, take a look at the articles in this section.

beginners guide to art journaling

Getting Started

Getting Started

Not only is art journaling a great form of therapy, it is so simple to begin an art journal of your own. You don’t need a defined style, creative ability or a tonne of expensive supplies – you can art journal with a pen and a pencil!  It’s all too easy to become overwhelmed with the options available, don’t overthink it, use what you have.

However, as you explore, you will want to add to your supplies.Thankfully there are loads of options available and some great starter guides. Have a peek at these resources to get the ball rolling and start that art journal today.

 

Step by Step

Step by Step

Feeling scared? Worried about braking a blank page? Step-by-step tutorials are a great way to get the creativity going and overcome that resistance easily.  Resistance and fear are all part of art journaling, we all experience it – if you find it’s taking the fun away or stalling your creativity, take a peek at the Embracing Imperfection section for support to move through those blocks.

 

Inspiration

Inspiration

Inspiration often feels elusive, but getting inspired is an ongoing process of observing. Jo Gifford suggests doing something different each day – not a big thing. Try a new coffee, walk a slightly different route, just small changes which help you think in a different way – escape the rut!

The old masters had sketchbooks packed with sketches and swatches. You don’t need to go so far Pinterest and your camera are on hand to help you gather and curate your own inspiration. Click the links for some amazing inspiration to begin your collection.

Personalise It

Personalise It

beginners guide to art journaling

There is a lot of hype around finding your own style. It’s overrated! There is nothing out there that hasn’t been done, nothing is ‘original’ in that sense.

That said, ANYTHING you create is original. You’re not a machine, everything you create will have something unique – no one holds a brush at the same angle.

Here, I wanted to introduce you to some alternative styles, unique, inspirational and fun. Let’s be honest – that’s what beginning an art journal is about.

Embrace Imperfection

Embrace Imperfection

Don’t stress, it’s only paper. We place a lot of pressure on ourselves to be perfect, often our art journals are no exception to this. Chill out, no perfection required here. And if you are struggling to let go, these awesome resources are here to support you in that quest.
The Ultimate Beginners guide to art journaling will give you the resources and the confidence to take those steps into art journaling and take your work further. There is no ‘right’ way to art journal – it’s a process of exploration and experimentation. It’s a journey. Don’t be frightened if you cannot see the destination – when all is said and done, it’s only paint and paper. Have fun and enjoy the process.

“The beauty of an art journal is that anything goes”

Amy Maricle

beginners guide to art journaling

The Ultimate Beginners guide to art journaling showcases some of the best resources on the interwebs to help you take your first steps into art journaling with ease.

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What is creativity: frivilous or essential?

What is creativity: frivilous or essential?

What is creativity? I’ve been pondering this post for a while now. But I hadn’t planned for such a long hiatus, 2 months is the longest I have gone without being here – I hope you didn’t miss me too much. Being away from the blogsphere hasn’t been a holiday – I’ve been super busy creating and supporting people just like you to escape that comfort zone and get creative (more on that later – or just scroll to the bottom of the post!)

What is creativity

Ever wondered why arts don’t get the same funding or status as sciences? Why a BSc is considered ‘better’ than a BA? Me too. While I know the answer (potential earnings is the answer in case you were wondering) I don’t think it’s right. We don’t measure happiness by income – those that do are usually disappointed. Our happiness is an internal structure, personal and subjective.

We live in a world obsessed with facts, measuring and verifying every step of the way. Return on Investments (ROI), profits, tangible, quantifiable. From education to career – every step of the way we are measured and averaged. Popped into a box with people graded in a similar way to us.

Everything appears to be based in science. But emotions don’t fit that box. Art and creativity invoke emotions that are unique – no one person can or will feel the same way. This can’t be measured. Often, we ignore what we can’t or don’t understand. This has lead to art and creativity being undervalued and seen as an ‘exclusive’ world of gallery exhibitions accessible to a gifted few.

 

Big question: What is creativity?

Creativity and art are not about money. They are about a feeling, an emotion, grounding and security.

I’ve heard it called ‘woo-woo’, ‘wishy-washy’ and ‘self indulgent’. My argument? Happiness is not an indulgence, feeling an emotion is not woo-woo, nor is it a ‘soft’ option.

We live in a world increasingly impacted by mental health issues, depression, stress and anxiety are far more prevalent and recognised as a problem. We hold a solution – there is a reason art therapy has been studied and proven to have a healing benefit. Still think it’s wishy-washy?

What is creativity

Is looking after our mental health frivolous?

Having suffered from depression, stress and anxiety – I don’t think so. To me, creativity is essential. It can be frivolous, but it doesn’t have to be. To me, the terms are mutually exclusive. Creativity is essential. Self care is essential. The manner in which you practice can be frivolous – most of my disposable income goes into art supplies – or basic, but it does not make the act any less essential.

So, what is creativity?

To me, it’s an essential form of self care and self expression and if you haven’t tried creating in all it’s glory and the failures and screw-ups then you need to give it a go before you decide. Pop over to the Creative Viagra Quiz to get started. Or download my Creative Activation workbook – jam packed with hints, tips and tools to make the most of your time and kick start something special.

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How to be a creative person in 5 simple steps

How to be a creative person in 5 simple steps

Want to learn how to be a creative person?

Certain you’re not creative? But want to learn how to be a creative person?

Wish you could create but you’re certain you’re not good enough, skilled enough, young enough..?

Give me 15 minutes and we will tap into your natural creativity in 5 super simple steps you can implement TODAY. No need to wait, no special equipment required…

Grab a cuppa, notebook and pen.

Ready?? Hit Play!

In the words of Elizabeth Gilbert:

If you were born you’re a creative person.

It really is that simple. No training or qualification required. We tend to over-complicate creativity, consider it to be an unobtainable presige group that we can never hope to be part of.  The thing is, we confuse ‘realistic’ for art and creativity. Realism can be art, it is creative. But that is not the only avenue.

Creativity can be a thought process, a doodle or any number of other things. It can be knitting a scarf, leaning to crochet or (more traditionally) taking a life drawing class.

 

Still wondering how to be a creative person?

Grab your Creative Activation Playbook – and take the next steps into your creative soul! Grab yours below or head over here for more info.

The Creative’s guide: Beat Creative Block

The Creative’s guide: Beat Creative Block

Beat Creative Block, if you ever find yourself in the infinite limbo of procrastination there are way’s out. Wondering what I meant? It goes something like this…

 

Beat Creative Block
Beat Creative Block
Beat Creative Block

 

Does the housework *really* need to be done, or are the breakfast dishes from this morning are on the side? (hint: they can wait!)

Did you find anything on Pinterest that you want to do? (or did you just overwhelm yourself with comparisonitis?)

 

Here’s the thing – creativity isn’t always easy. Sometimes it can feel more like a chore. Like any chore, we start to make excuses why we can’t do them. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s a case of priorities – like picking the kids up from school. Other times, it’s just our way of procrastinating – pretending those dishes need to be done NOW rather than 20 minutes of crochet. They really don’t – no-one is going to die if they are still there tonight when you wash up after dinner. Promise.

 

A very good friend of mine will spend HOURS ‘clearing’ the yard. Seriously, that yard is utterly spotless, it doesn’t need anything, besides a spot of weeding and a monthly sweep. Yet it is her way of avoiding creativity – she freely admits this – whether she cant be arsed with the clearing up after or doesn’t have a clue what she wants to paint. It’s her way of procrastinating.

 

Beat Creative Block

 

We spend our time convincing ourselves that creative time is a ‘nice to have’ – a luxury – like a shampoo that makes you orgasm

IT’S A FUCKING MYTH!

Washing your hair, like creativity is an ESSENTIAL aspect of our well being, not a luxury

So how do we Beat Creative Block?

 

Step 1 – recognise it!

 

You may well be reading this because you can relate to my concept of the infinite loop of procrastination, or you’re just plain stuck. Creative block has struck and you don’t know what to to. Knowing what your procrastination tactics are helps you get a handle on things. To beat creative block can be as simple as a change of scenery or activity. Bullet journals and habit tracking are HUGE right now simply tracking your activity can help you find out what activities you are using to procrastinate. The last time I did one, I found around 14 hours a week!!! (if you sign up to my mailing list below, you will get access to 4 exclusive trackers and a tonne of other useful things! HINT HINT!)

 

What about when you sit down to create… and nothing comes! This can be the most frustrating thing on the PLANET, more so than waiting for the next season of Orange is the New Black or Game of Thrones. You want to be productive sooo much, but it just ain’t coming (or it all looks like mud!) Don’t despair, that’s how you learn more about products, style, colour mixing and more.  Beat creative block by going for it – no pressure, no end idea, anything goes, mess, mud, the lot. Get something onto paper.

 

Beat Creative Block

 

Take a breath. Some creativity is better than none. Glue down some paper, choose your next knit. You don’t have to force it and not every session will produce a Monet-style masterpiece.

Step 2 – Work with it.

 

Your creative instinct is there, but like a blocked artery (classy analogy, I know) you need to give it space to flow. Don’t try and force it, look for other creative avenues that feel productive to you. Colouring books and cross stitch are my favourites, they require very little space or supplies and have a pre-defined structure so I don’t have to think. It’s like introducing a stent to that artery, putting some additional support in place to allow your inspiration to flow freely once more.

Step 3 – Grab some inspiration!

 

Get help! No, I don’t mean therapy. Check out Pinterest for a whole rabbit hole of procrastination inspiration! Grab the free Creative Activation Playbook. Once the creativity is flowing, it’s easier to keep the ball rolling. But the well of inspiration needs a little help to refill. Give it that time to stop creative block biting you in the ass later!

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Creative Activation

Creative Activation

Do you feel like creativity and inspiration pass you by? Look no further. It's time to reclaim your artistic side with Creative Activation

Do you feel like creativity and inspiration pass you by? Look at gorgeous projects on Pinterest and wish you could be part of the creative tribe? Or just wish you were creative?

Feel unworthy to create, and you’re no good at it, so why bother..

I know this feeling only too well, for years I kept rejecting my creative gifts, convinced I couldn’t draw, critisising my work. It was never good enough. Eventually, I realised these limitations had spread to my life.

We are all aware that creativity has MASSIVE health benefits, yet we still reject it as a luxury and something that requires perfection. It sits on a pedestal. I wanted to be there so much! But found a way to reconnect and release the limitations I had created without climbing the pedestal.

Introducing a new way to germinate and nurture your creativity

The Creative Activation playbook gives you the same tools I used re-write my creative journey. Working with inspiration rather than rejecting it as ‘imperfect’ to allow creativity to flow freely! I now enjoy the benefits of creativity without the pressure of perfection.

No more overwhelm, no more rejection. Activate your creativity and nurture your inner artist!

Do you feel like creativity and inspiration pass you by? Look no further. It's time to reclaim your artistic side with Creative Activation

Whats in the box??

Do you feel like creativity and inspiration pass you by? Look no further. It's time to reclaim your artistic side with Creative Activation
  • Step-by-step guide to effective inspiration
  • A safe environment for you to explore and make sense of your ideas
  • Exclusive audio sessions to support you
  • Permission to create!
Do you feel like creativity and inspiration pass you by? Look no further. It's time to reclaim your artistic side with Creative Activation

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You’ll get access to the GORGEOUS Creative Activation Playbook and a library of awesome creativity tools and self-care – alongside my weekly roundup.

Pop your details in below and activate your creativity today.

No one else can do the work for you. So don’t wait for a magic pill that doesn’t, take control of your creativity and re-write your story.

Do you feel like creativity and inspiration pass you by? Look no further. It's time to reclaim your artistic side with Creative Activation
Do you ever wonder “Is your grief normal?”

Do you ever wonder “Is your grief normal?”

Is your grief normal? It’s an odd question, but one everyone has asked or will ask at some point in life…

Is your grief normal

“Just get over it!”

“It’s time you moved on”

Sound familiar? 

These are two of the most alienating phrases you can hear during bereavement. It makes you question yourself, your sanity and more. 

 

Sadly, I have heard them all too often. It doesn’t matter if you are grieving a family member, friend or a pet – there are no timescales on grief.

So, is your grief normal?

HELL YES!!!!!!!!

Simple.

There is no one way, no right way to grieve. Whatever you are experiencing, it’s 100% normal. I promise you. We all experience different emotions in different quantities. Everyone moves at a different pace. We all need different support.

Is your grief normal

 

You may need counselling, you may not.

You may need medication, you may not.

It may take a few days to assimilate your grief and move forward. It may take over a year. There are no timescales, no ‘right’ way to grieve. It is 100% unique to you and each time it will be different.

Whatever you experience, it’s normal.

Is your grief normal

Understanding your grief isn’t straight-forward, that’s okay. Take it day by day, you’re doing a great job. Whatever you need, you’re not broken, you don’t need fixing, your grief, your needs.

So, if you are asking yourself “is your grief normal?” Yes, It is.

If you need a little extra help dealing with the emotional overwhelm, whether you are grieving or not, take a look at the Regeneration Sanctuary. It’s a playbook that will help you create a safe space to work with those emotions and get you back on track. Click the link or sign up below this post for free access.

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Your Sanctuary to a healthy emotional connection

Your Sanctuary to a healthy emotional connection

Are you feeling unfulfilled? Overwhemed by intense emotions? Do you keep pushing them away only to find they come straight back, battering at the doors?

Feel like a wreck, empty and lost.

I know this feeling only too well, for years I kept suppressing and rejecting those emotions. Then I broke down and knew I had to find another way.

We are all aware that it’s unhealthy to suppress emotions, yet we still do it. I found another way and I want to share it with you.

Introducing a new way to cultivate a healthy emotional connection

The Regeneration Sanctuary playbook gives you the same tools I used to create a healthy emotional connection with myself. Working with my emotions rather than suppressing them to feel fulfilled, happy and free!

No more emotional overwhelm, no more rejection. Create your sanctuary and get your life-force back!

Whats in the box??

  • Step by step process to create a transformative sanctuary
  • 5 exclusive bullet journal trackers
  • Journal prompts to connect with your true feelings and emotions
  • Deep healing journal exercise
  • Self Care check-in

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You’ll get access to the Regeneration Sanctuary Playbook and a library of awesome self-care and creativity alongside my weekly roundup.

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No one else can do the work for you. So don’t wait for a magic pill that doesn’t, take control of your future and cultivate a healthy emotional connection today.

Creativity and limiting beliefs: conquer your fear

Creativity and limiting beliefs: conquer your fear

Creativity and limiting beliefs are all too often bedmates. We convince ourselves creativity is on a pedastal, only achievable by talented, tortured mids. Let’s talk about the (dis)connection between creativity and limiting beliefs and how to conquer you fear of creativity to fuel your success. 

You may have noticed that I am a HUGE fan of Elizabeth Gilbert – especially her book Big Magic. So let us start with a quote.

Creativity and limiting beliefs

It really is about limiting beliefs and fear. This isn’t some hippy-woo-woo shit that fell out of the spliff, it’s a concept and emotion we deal with everyday. Whether it’s standing up to some bully in the playground (or not) or going for and KNOWING you deserve that promotion. How would you feel about these? How have you felt? Scared? Nervous? Unworthy?

 

After that interview, did the doubt creep in? “I should have…”, “Don’t think I got it…”, “Not good enough…”?

Or that encounter with the playground bully “Not strong enough…”, the fear and emotions that we associated with them even looking in our direction.

 

We’re taught from an early age that our faults and weaknesses mean we’re not good enough.

How often have you created something sat back and seen it’s flaws – the bits that didn’t turn out as expected. What about when you did your make-up this morning? Like me when I try to do eyeliner – one will be PERFECT! The second will never be as good.

Creativity and limiting beliefs become a vicious circle

Expectations = fear of not meeting those expectations = uncertainty and doubt  = limiting belief

At this point, you can put down your brushes and run away sobbing OR you can recognise it and DEAL WITH THAT SUCKA!

You don’t need to be a genius, produce 100% every fucking time. Be aware of your assumptions and limiting beliefs. Unfounded assumptions prevent you from thinking creatively.

My fangirling isn’t limited to Elizabeth Gilbert. I’m also a HUGE fan of TED talks. They are an encyclopedia of thought processes and sledgehammers for limiting beliefs.

These specific TED(ex) talks are concepts about creativity rather than a ‘how to guide’. Concepts help us re-allign our thoughts and beliefs.

No one expects you to produce perfection every time except you. And you have the ability to give yourself permission to let go. Stop looking for the imperfections, look for the learning. It looks like mud? Why? Did you work on wet layers? Mix two contrasting shades of colour? So what can you change next time? Dry your layers first? Don’t mix those two colours together? You can even keep a notebook if you wish to!

Reframe your beliefs, even just a little, give yourself permission to be imperfect and the opportunity to learn from the experiences.

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Supporting grief: 3 tools to help you

Supporting grief: 3 tools to help you

Supporting grief

Supporting grief is tricky, whether it is our own or someone elses. Grief is a shapshifte. Unique to the time, place and individual. It is never the same and suddenly well meaning statements and good intentions are a heap of horse-shit.

“Do you feel better?” She asked me…

“No I fucking don’t – it’s not a broken leg – it won’t magically heal over time. He’s gone – not coming back, there’s no replacement or repairing.”

This was a genuine conversation I had with a friend following my father’s death. While I snapped, possibly not the best, but an understandable reaction, I suddenly understood how utterly stupid well-meaning statements really are. There is no ‘cure’ for grief. It’s not an illness, I don’t need healing. I need time and support, not well-meaning bullshit.

Here’s the thing; we don’t talk about grief, we listen to society; that grief is personal and should be hidden behind close doors and asking ‘feeling better’ or ‘it’s time to move on now’ are patronising.

When our friends don’t know how to support us, what then? Having been there (on more occasions than I care to recall) I wanted to share some fantastic tools that helped me.

 

My top 3 tools for supporting grief

 

Supporting grief

Group Therapy

Yeah, I know, you don’t need counselling and you don’t want to people. I get it, I *really* do. Before you close the browser and start swearing, group therapy is different. In bereavement group therapy, you are all in the same boat. There are facilitators rather than 1:1 counselors, they get the ball rolling and keep the group on target. It is totally different to any 1:1 session and you are with people at similar stages. It is so much more engaging and you develop empathy with those in your group. If 1:1 sessions have you running for the hills, look for group sessions.

 

Creativity (Art Journalling)

 

Get off the ‘I’m not artistic’ wagon. This isn’t about creating a VanGogh. It’s about pouring out your emotions. That overwhelm that you try to suppress, the frustration that boils over. Yep, this will help you. It may be a boatload of scribble in black sharpie. A cut up magazine and a glue stick. It doesn’t matter. Head over to my Pinterest board for some great resources.

 

Refuge in Grief

I love this place – I wish it had been available 10 years ago. I could wax lyrical about Megan Devine. She really says it best

“Finding someone who sounds like you, who thinks and feels like you, is immensely powerful. With a combination of validation and practical tools, I help you live the life that’s asked of you – with as much peace, grace, and integrity as you can.”

Megan knows first hand how sudden and horrific grief can be and her work speaks to my heart (but with less expletives than me!)

There is no one ‘right’ way to grieve, no set timescales. There is no need to put on a brave face or pressure yourself to ‘be better’ or ‘with it’. Find support and methods that work for you and embrace them. Supporting grief is no easy task, there is no right way. Give yourself a break and take it one hour (or minute) at a time. 

 

 

Here’s a bonus for you;

 

Self Care

 

This is usually the last thing we’re interested in. I don’t mean self care as in a spa day with a massage, I mean the basic stuff, brushing your teeth, taking a shower, washing your hair. It sounds too good to be true, but trust me, this makes a HUGE difference to your mental health each day.

Supporting grief: bonus

Need some support? If you’ve suffered a loss or bereavement it can be difficult to know what you need or how to reach out. I’ve created the Crisis Conquer Toolkit especially for you. It’s designed to support the initial stages of grief, the overwhelm and the shock. To help you keep your head when the world is crumbling around you. Totally free, no sign up or email needed. Grab it now.

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Creative’s Guide to success: feed your inspiration

Creative’s Guide to success: feed your inspiration

Feed your inspiration! It feels so difficut, how do you do it? What does it even mean? In this Creative’s guide to Success, we’ll unpack the concept of feeding your inspiration looking at how to nurture and grow a well of inspiration that feeds your creativity whenever you want.

“Where do you get your inspiration?!?”

If I had a penny for every time I was asked this, I would be a billionaire – no joke.

You don’t ‘get’ inspiration, Elizabeth Gilbert puts it in the best way EVER!

 

Feed your inspiration in 3 simple steps. Inspiration is simply a curated collection of ideas and connecting those ideas leads to inspiration.

 

We are bombarded by ideas every day (consider the amount of adverts we see each day – all trying to implant ideas into our mind). How do we feed our inspiration, gather and tap into it?
Let’s start with the big question; what is inspiration?

Feed your inspiration in 3 simple steps. Inspiration is simply a curated collection of ideas and connecting those ideas leads to inspiration.

 

Nothing complex – it’s an idea that leads to mental stimulation. Simples.

 

There is no mention of perfection, the one GENIUS idea that will allow you to create a Van Gogh. You don’t need to choose just one idea. Inspiration is simply a curated collection of ideas and connecting those ideas leads to inspiration. (FYI – Pinterest is great for this!)

 

3 simple steps that will feed your inspiration

Let’s look at how do we use these ideas for creative success, filling the well of inspiration so you can pluck what you need, whenever you need it.

Feed your inspiration in 3 simple steps. Inspiration is simply a curated collection of ideas and connecting those ideas leads to inspiration.

 

Play

You need to learn what products do, what brush strokes give a specific effect.

 

Open your eyes

Everything you look at, everything you see. Take photos, my camera roll is a random collection of stuff from walking about alongside everyday life.

 

Make connections

Love the colour of those holly berries? Take a photo! See that sheep? How awesome would it be in felt? Jeans don’t fit? Great, I can make a bag (or canvas) and I’ve a zip… that can go on a large embroidery!

 

It really is that simple. And it gets better – the well of inspiration is not only infinite, the more you use it, the more you have!

Need some more inspiration – I’ve got you covered.

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TL/DR?

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TL/DR?

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